Winter Plants in TexasDecember 28, 2018
One of the best parts about living in Texas is that winter is usually not accompanied by freezing temperatures for very long. This means that you can keep your garden beautiful all year. Our team at Perry Homes has compiled a list of beautiful winter plants that will keep your yard looking wonderful throughout the winter.
A winter perennial, pansies are among the most striking and beautiful plants that thrive throughout even the coldest parts of the year. They come in a huge array of solid and mixed colors including yellow, gold, orange, purple, violet, red, white and even a deep shade of purple. No matter what color you need to give your yard a pop, pansies are able to help throughout the year. In addition, they require very little maintenance.
Like pansies, snapdragons add a beautiful array of color to your yard while not succumbing to the cold of winter months. While they are tender perennials, they are often grown as annuals. Available in shades of white, yellow, pink, red, orange, peach and violet, they are sure to take your yard to the next level of gorgeous. They do not require much care, as they will usually reseed themselves even during the coldest parts of the year.
Sweet alyssum are plants with dense clusters of small, white flowers. They have small leaves and a sweet smell that is similar to the aroma of honey. Because they are not as vibrant in color as pansies or snapdragons, they add a neutral base for which you can add pops of color through the use of other plants. They grow in small clusters and resemble small flower bushes. Although they are technically a perennial, sweet alyssum are widely treated as annual plants as they are much hardier than similar plants.
While petunias are most popular in violet and pink, they are also available in white, yellow and multi-colored varieties. They grow wonderfully in gardens and can also work as a container flower. They are perfect annual flowers and do well in the Texas winters, as they do not usually do well in high temperature situations.
Ornamental Kale and Cabbage
Many people have not thought about including kale and cabbage in their landscaping but these plants can make a wonderful addition to your winter garden and beyond, as they are annuals. The flowers on these plants grow a very pretty purple or pink and have gorgeous leaves. If you choose to grow ornamental kale and cabbage, keep in mind that they require fertilizer to stay strong and healthy.
There are several plants that will lie dormant for most of the year and then show their true colors during only one season. This is the case for the winter honeysuckle. Appearing only as a pretty bush during spring and summer, the winter months will see them bloom with beautiful honeysuckle flowers. Once they bloom, the flowers add a festive flair as well as a pleasant aroma to fill your garden. Consider planting them near your porch in order to take full advantage of their lovely smell.